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  • LONDON, Oct 10- The shale boom has left some of the most sophisticated refineries in the United States hunting across Europe and Africa for more of the heavy residue left over from other refiners' crude distillation units, as they try to find a use for all the expensive coking units built in the last decade.

  • Fargo company finishes $22 million expansion Tuesday, 9 Oct 2012 | 4:44 PM ET

    FARGO, N.D.-- John Deere Electronic Solutions in Fargo has completed work on a $22 million expansion. The company was established in 1987 as Phoenix International. The 90,000- square-foot expansion gives the company more than 300,000 square feet in Fargo, where it employs more than 900 people.

  • Rain, snow slow fieldwork in ND, replenish topsoil Tuesday, 9 Oct 2012 | 4:33 PM ET

    FARGO, N.D.-- Rain and snow that moved into North Dakota last week slowed fieldwork but has also replenished topsoil moisture in many areas. The U.S. Agriculture Department says in its weekly crop, livestock and weather report that harvest of the state's late season crops was already seeing good progress before the moisture moved in.

  • Oct 9- Continental Resources Inc, the top oil producer in the Bakken oil region, said on Tuesday it expects to cut $1 million off the cost of its average well there by the end of 2013, as it takes on one of the biggest challenges in the booming oil basin.

  • Study of ND upkeep costs to include bridges Tuesday, 9 Oct 2012 | 11:02 AM ET

    BISMARCK, N.D.-- A recent study of the cost of maintaining North Dakota's county and township roads is being expanded to include bridges. The Upper Great Plains Transportation Institute at North Dakota State University did the study at the Legislature's request.

  • Panel says ND tribe deserves greater tax share Tuesday, 9 Oct 2012 | 11:01 AM ET

    BISMARCK, N.D.-- Some North Dakota lawmakers say the Three Affiliated Tribes deserves a greater share of the taxes collected from reservation oil production. The Legislature's Tribal and State Relations Committee reviewed the idea. He says the panel didn't approve the 80 percent split, but he's expecting the Legislature will see the proposal next year.

  • Ahead of the Bell: Continental Resources 5-yr plan Tuesday, 9 Oct 2012 | 9:16 AM ET

    The company is one of the largest leaseholders in the Bakken shale region in North Dakota and Montana. Analyst Subash Chandra of Jefferies& Co. said that Continental's plan implies a cost of more than $11,000 per well. Shares of Continental Resources Inc. fell $1.01 to $75.50 in premarket trading.

  • MARKET PULSE-Alcoa, Eli Lilly, Edwards Lifesciences Tuesday, 9 Oct 2012 | 7:34 AM ET

    **ALCOA INC, Monday close $9.12, up 0.5 pct post-market. **YUM BRANDS, Monday close $66.94,. **CHEVRON CORP, Monday close $117.62.

  • FED FOCUS-How a Fed inflation hawk changed his mind Tuesday, 9 Oct 2012 | 7:20 AM ET

    CHICAGO, Oct 9- Narayana Kocherlakota surprised economists around the world last month when he called on the U.S. central bank to hold interest rates near zero, possibly for several years to come.

  • Continental targets big savings in Bakken by end-2013 Tuesday, 9 Oct 2012 | 12:16 AM ET

    Oct 9- Continental Resources Inc, the top oil producer in the Bakken region, said on Tuesday it expects to cut $1 million off the cost of its average well there by the end of 2013, as it takes on one of the biggest challenges in the booming oil basin.

  • Continental Resources unveils 5-year growth plan Monday, 8 Oct 2012 | 5:43 PM ET

    OKLAHOMA CITY-- Continental Resources Inc. said Monday that it plans to triple production and proved reserves of oil and natural gas liquids in the next five years on its leased properties in the U.S.

  • Tribe seeking bigger cut of ND oil tax money Monday, 8 Oct 2012 | 4:26 PM ET

    BISMARCK, N.D.-- The tax director of North Dakota's Three Affiliated Tribes says the tribe should get a bigger share of tax revenue from oil that's produced on the reservation. The Fort Berthold reservation is in the heart of North Dakota's booming oil country.

  • If voters OK hemp, unclear farmers would grow it Monday, 8 Oct 2012 | 2:54 PM ET

    SEATTLE-- Residents of Washington, Oregon and Colorado won't just be considering whether to let adults buy pot at state-sanctioned shops when they vote next month on legalizing and taxing marijuana. "Farmers are already engaged in a high-risk endeavor," said Roy Kaufmann, a spokesman for Oregon's pot initiative. "

  • At a Glance: Weekly change in state gas prices Monday, 8 Oct 2012 | 1:14 PM ET
  • Officials discuss ways to speed up border traffic Friday, 5 Oct 2012 | 7:52 PM ET

    GRAND FORKS, N.D.-- Efforts are under way to speed up trade and travel between Canada and the United States, a move that could help North Dakota sell even more goods to its northerly neighbor, officials said Friday during a conference about the border.

  • US drops 11 to 1,837 rigs exploring for oil, gas Friday, 5 Oct 2012 | 1:34 PM ET

    Texas- based oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. reported Friday that 1,398 rigs were exploring for oil and 437 were searching for gas. Of the major oil- and gas-producing states, Texas lost 10 rigs, Louisiana and North Dakota each dropped by three and Alaska and Oklahoma were down two apiece.

  • Row crop harvest speeding along in the Dakotas Friday, 5 Oct 2012 | 11:24 AM ET

    "We should be finishing harvest in record time," South Dakota State University agronomy specialist Mark Rosenberg told the American News. "

  • U.S. stocks were poised to rise at the open, with the S&P 500 set to hit its highest since 2007, as a surprise drop in the jobless rate gives legs to this week's rally. S&P 500 futures rose 6.2 points and were above fair value, a formula that evaluates pricing by taking into account interest rates, dividends and time to expiration on the contract.

  • LONDON, Oct 5- The booming business of transporting Bakken crude has thrown a lifeline to U.S. railroads, at a time when shipments of coal, their main commodity by volume, have fallen sharply. Coal accounted for just over 43 percent of rail car loadings by weight, and 25 percent of gross revenues, last year according to the Association of American Railroads.

  • NEW YORK, Oct 5- The U.S. unemployment rate dropped to a near four-year low of 7.8 percent in September, a potential boost to President Barack Obama's re-election bid. STORY: TABLE GRAPHIC: COMMENTS: JOHN KILDUFF, PARTNER, AGAIN CAPITAL LLC, NEW YORK. RON FLORANCE, MANAGING DIRECTOR OF INVESTMENT STRATEGY FOR WELLS FARGO PRIVATE BANK BASED IN SCOTTSDALE, ARIZONA.